What You Can Do

• First, warm up by driving gently to moderately, not idling, unless below freezing


• Avoid idling while using devices such as smart phones, and in wi-fi zones, while parked


• Avoid drive-thrus. Park it, shut it off and go into the place of business


• Avoid using a remote vehicle starter, which encourages unnecessary idling


• Purchase or lease a vehicle that does not idle such as a stop-start (aka start-stop), hybrid, plug-in hybrid or



• Report a violation of California's heavy-duty vehicle idling regulation [ENGLISH] [SPANISH] by calling 1-800-363-7664 or 1-800-END-SMOG, or filling out an online complaint form


• Report a smoky vehicle (light-duty or heavy-duty) by calling 1-800-END-SMOG, or filling out an online Smoking Vehicle complaint form



• Inform local school administrators if witnessing prolonged idling of school buses or commercial vehicles on school grounds; if unresolved, contact the California Dept. of Education.

• California ACR 160 resolution (non-binding) encourages motorists to not idle their motor vehicles near places where children congregate. Contact a California Superintendent in your county and your local school principal in support of this measure. Ask that this measure be disseminated in the school community and that NO IDLING signs (see below) be installed at schools.

Better yet, let's expand California's heavy-duty commercial diesel idling regulation to include light-duty vehicles on school property. Proposed regulation

          Contact the following in support:

          • Department of Education, Health & Safety: Fred Yeager fyeager@cde.ca.gov • (916) 322-2470

          • ARB: Jack Kitowski, Division Chief, Mobile Source Control Division (916) 322-1017

          • Caltrans: Steven S. Cliff, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Sustainability (916) 651-6458

          • American Lung Association in California: Will Barrett, Policy Manager (916) 585-7663

          • California Dept. of Public Health: Stephen Wall, Ph.D., Chief, Outdoor Air Quality Section (510) 620-2801


• Idling police cruisers can really have a negative impact over time. Ask local police departments to consider equipping their police cruisers with idle management systems (allowing full function of electronics) that pay for themselves over time.


• Support roundabouts - they save gas by preventing idling, shorten trip time and studies show they reduce accidents


• Print and distribute idling information handouts when witnessing prolonged idling by individuals or at stores and schools


• "Like" the Idle-Free California Facebook page


• Spread the word to family, friends, and on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and neighborhood NextDoor


• Write a letter to the editor - use compelling idling facts to raise awareness of unnecessary vehicle idling (idling when parked)


• NO IDLING SIGNS: Ask local schools to post no idling signs; ask banks to post such signs at ATM drive thrus; ask mall owners to post signs in parking lots. NO IDLING SIGN TEMPLATES: